Photographer's Note

I am sorry, my British friends, but as you see I cannot go over it. In my previous photo from Acropolis Hill I mentioned the story of the most precious, most decorative elements of this sacred place, including the Parthenon Marbles, which were stolen by a British Lord to decorate his mansion.
He used the opportunity because Greece was occupied by Turkey, and UK had good relationship with Turks, so nobody could stop him. The sculptures were bought from the thief by British Museum, and the museum now claims they have the right to keep it. This is so wrong!

When I watched a movie about the Parthenon history. I had tears in my eyes. First of all, it is a truly unique, magnificent structure. 8 columns at the front, 17 columns on a side. Richly decorated. There was a giant Athena statue in the centre. First who have damaged it were actually Christians. Because Greeks converted to Christianity, they wanted to destroy images of other Gods from their living space. I am so ashamed to be a Christian hearing it. An Orthodox church was built inside the Parthenon, then French converted it to Roman Catholic Church, and Turks to a mosque with a minaret in the middle. It was religion which inspired people to create this beauty, and it was religion which ridiculed it and caused it to collapse. If your religion does not inspire you to be creative but encourages you to destroy or kill, then you probably don’t understand well the message it has intended for you.

Having said all that, when Greeks got this part of their country back, a common decency would require to return the Parthenon Marbles where they belong.

Different subject now: a friend of mine told me that when she visited Acropolis, the Parthenon (in this photo) was covered with scaffolding. It is always covered with scaffolding, be prepared for that. People usually approach Parthenon from the opposite side, which is lit in the afternoon light, and indeed the other side is almost entirely covered with scaffolding. This side, which is better lit in the morning has fewer construction elements around but, of course, you can never avoid them completely.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6673 W: 105 N: 17453] (67672)
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